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Archive for January, 2010

Kiss and Makeup
categories: health and beauty

We at Phoenix Bride & Groom feel our vendors are the best in the business, and here’s yet another confirmation:

Sedona makeup artist Liz Margin has been awarded the Bride’s Choice Award 2010 for makeup artistry.

In addition to being much-loved by the locals, Liz is a true pro in her field. Her roster of celeb clients includes Heidi Klum, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Chloe Sevigny.

The native New Yorker moved to Sedona in 2005 where her primary focus has been bringing her talents to brides.

“Of all the famous people I have worked with and all the exotic places I’ve traveled in my career, this award is one of the highlights,” says Liz. “It means I’ve pleased the most important clients I’ve ever worked with: my brides. I’m honored to have their confidence.”

Check out Liz’s portfolio at and her blog Congrats, Liz!

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Valley Ho is for Lovers
categories: fabulous reception sites, health and beauty

Romance Alert!

Aside from your wedding and honeymoon, what could be more romantic than Valentine’s Day?

Hotel Valley Ho, long a hideaway for lovers, is offering Valentine packages that will bring out the romantic in everyone….and offer some great opportunities to ease away the stress of wedding planning.

The VH Spa for Vitality + Health is a perfect place for relaxation and renewal right in the heart of Scottsdale.

Check out the Valentine’s Day packages at

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Announcing Bridal Bootcamp 2010
categories: upcoming events

DATE: Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa has teamed up with some of the most stylish & knowledgeable wedding experts in The Valley for a day that we guarantee will “shape up” your wedding.  No matter where you are in your planning process- we promise you will have a fun learning tips and tricks from these well known pros.  You will be able to mix and mingle with nationally recognized Event Planners, Make-up Artists, Designers, & Chefs. Learn to unleash your glam side on your wedding or simple ways to personalize your ceremony and reception.  Grab your best girl, your mom or your sweetie.  Space is limited for this event! Tickets are $50 for you and a guest.

Purchase Tickets and View Additional Info HERE Cost is $50 per bride (includes one guest)

Visit their Facebook Fan Page HERE

Venders & Links:

Bridesmaids Dresses by Twirl
Cakes by Sedona Cake Couture
Sponsorship by Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine
Audio Visual by Swank Audio Visual
Venue and Catering by Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa
Rentals by Tri-Rentals
Ceremony Music by String Serenade
Disk Jockey by MT Sounds DJ Service
Disk Jockey by Ray the DJ
Floral by Avant Garde
Floral by Petal Pushers
Floral by Table Tops, Etc.
Hair by William Zecco
Paper Products by Celebrations in Paper
Make-up by Corinna Cooke
Photography by Melissa Jill Photography
Photography by Eyes 2 See Photography
Linens by Southwick Linens
Tuxedos by Mr. Formal
Videography by Serendipity
Coordinated by Impact Events
Coordinated by Victoria Canada Weddings & Events
Wedding Dresses by Destiny’s Bride
Wedding Officiant by Arizona Wedding Ministers

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Best advice for 2010: Have fun!
categories: photography, real weddings

And the award for best advice from a wedding photographer goes to…. Ben Quillinan!

When interviewed for our feature on wedding photography and videography in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, Ben had these words of wisdom to share with our readers:

“Have fun…and be in love. No photo software can make you look like you were smiling, dancing, crying, hugging, kissing…if you weren’t.”


He goes on to say, “It’s a great day so just relax and enjoy yourselves. Hold hands, kiss a lot, show affection. Trust me, all of this shows in your pictures.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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An enchanting site!
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, from the consultants, real weddings, reception ideas

Take a look at the shimmering decor orchestrated by Amy Mancuso for the New Year’s Eve wedding of Kara Ruiz and Marvin Brown!

“It was New Year’s Eve and romance was in the air,” commented bride Kara.

The twinkle lights, white flower petals, amazing crystals and hanging votive candles combined to create a winter wonderland for the couple at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa.

Look at Kara and Marvin “jumping the broom!”

The inside of the ballroom was just as sensational, with candles all aglow and spring fresh floral arrangements of hydrangeas and lillies by The Flower Studio.

Images by Hollye Schumacher Photography.

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It’s a photo op!
categories: fabulous reception sites, photography

Brides and Grooms: When you are choosing your reception site, don’t forget to consider what kind of photo ops are available. Of course your photographer will help a ton with this since he or she will know when the lighting is just right next to the mesquite grove or the fountain. However, you can also scout out picture perfect backdrops on your own.

Emily Delgado and Jack Gray wed this October at the Phoenix Art Museum. This site proved not only lovely when decorated for their outdoor wedding in the garden and their reception indoors, it also offered amazing backdrops for photographs.

Photographer Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See Photography took full advantage of the artful surroundings in capturing the couple in all their wedding-day bliss.

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